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One time I tried to make fudge. From scratch. I followed my Memere’s advice and selected a dry, beautiful, sunny day (apparently fudge is THAT sensitive to moisture), and I even invested in a candy thermometer. I ended up with a grainy, lumpy, nasty mess. The next day my roommate made fudge in the microwave with a lump of marshmallow Fluff. Of course hers was perfect.

I don’t use the Never Fail recipe, but Five Minute Fudge is another workaround that comes out great every time. I’m not a big fan of chocolate, and I will eat just enough to make sure it came out, so I haven’t tried to do this from scratch. But I did get a marvelous idea last night as I drifted off to sleep.

Have you ever had one of these?

The inspiration.

If you have, you know that it is the best way to eat chocolate. I set out to recreate it in fudge form. It is necessary to chop the almonds in half, but leave the raisins whole. This seems to preserve the consistency the chocolate possesses.

Preparations underway.

Then we melt our ingredients. First, three cups of chocolate chips.

It begins.

Now ooze your condensed milk and vanilla extract in there.


Melting . . .

Melting . . .

. . . and in just a few minutes of stirring, you have fudge!

Ready for additions.

Now we make like Cadbury.

Stirring in.

And voila! Lumpy fudge. I like to lightly spray the foil so the fudge releases easily when it comes time.


Hmm . . . now this is the texture we’d expect, but it’s a little . . . unrefined-looking. Fortunately, while the main feature was doing its melting thang, I was also melting some vanilla chips with a little bit of the condensed milk, with more condensed milk than the fudge so that it’ll be more cooperative. And since Halloween’s upcoming, let’s make it a theme.

Meanwhile, in another pot . . .

Oh man, that reminds me of a joke. Why did Snoop Dogg carry an umbrella?

Fo’ drizzle.


Let that chill, harden, and cut with a nice sharp warm knife.

And now, fudge!

Cadbury’s Fruit & Nut Fudge
built on the premise of Nikki’s Five Minute Fudge

1 – 14oz can of sweetened condensed milk
3 cups milk chocolate chips (since the Fruit & Nut bar is a very milky chocolate)
1.5 tsp vanilla
Dash salt
1/2 c almonds, chopped in half
1/2 c raisins

Fo’ drizzle (optional):
1/4 c white chocolate chips
1/4 c more sweetened condensed milk

Foiled line an 8×8 pan, and spray lightly with cooking spray.

Melt your milk, your chips and vanilla in a pot on stove top. Remove from heat, stir in nuts and raisins, then pour into foil-lined pan.

If you’re drizzling, let the pan cool on your counter for a few moments while you mix the white chocolate chips with your extra condensed milk. Let cool just a minute, then pour into a plastic bag, cut a hole in the bottom, and drizzle from foil to foil.

Chill 2 to 3 hours. Put your longest non-serated cuttin’ knife in a glass of warm water, wipe dry, then slice. Re-heat your knife via the water whenever the going gets less smooth.

  1. Amanda Said,

    hi, i found your site through foodgawker. i like it a lot – i think your photos are totally great! adding you to my blog list.

  2. Anonymous Said,

    Nice alternative to Cadbury since I won’t be eating their stuff due to the contamination in their products from China.

  3. Esi Said,

    My parents always used to have those bars on hand when I was growing up. Nice job with the fudge!

  4. aleta meadowlark Said,

    Anonymous, unless you live in Taiwan, Hong Kong or Australia, you’re not in danger of eating the contaminated chocolate. =)

    Cadbury Recall

  5. tigerfish Said,

    Lovely fudge. I don’t decline any food when there is chocolate in there ;p

  6. Natalie Said,

    your photos are great- what type of lighting do you use?

  7. MaryBeth Said,

    Thanks for your comment on our site…and your fudge looks wonderful

  8. Tami Said,

    Oh, I love fudge..especially packed full of goodies! This looks terrific!

    Thanks for the nice comments on my blog! I’m adding you to my blog list, too. You have a great blog.:)

  9. Megan Said,

    what a wonderful fudge recipe. your recipe sounds fantastic-thanks for sharing this!

  10. Madeleine Said,

    I found you through tastespotting and love this recipe idea. When I first moved to England I lived on Cadbury Fruit and Nut bars and can’t wait to try this out.

  11. Jim Jones Said,

    you should try it next time with Zante currants instead of raisins. they are mighty

  12. mance01 Said,

    Hi…I followed the rainbow cake link from Serious Eats and LOVE your blog! Also, the Snoop Dogg joke is hilarious 🙂

  13. Emily Said,

    Hi there! I found your rainbow cake on Zoomdoggle and followed the link…I love your blog! I tried out this recipe the other day with butterscotch chips and no add-ins, and it worked fantastic. I will definitely be trying it again sometime soon.

  14. jyoti Said,

    very nice recipe today only i m going to try this

  15. Sarah Said,

    This was awesome!!! My family went nuts and it was so easy to make. Thanks : )

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